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Dai-ichi Life To Acquire Protective Life

Stocks in this article: PL

Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited (TSE: 8750) (“Dai-ichi Life”) and Protective Life Corporation (NYSE: PL) (“Protective”) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Dai-ichi Life will acquire all outstanding shares of Protective Life Corporation for $70.00 per share in cash, or a total transaction value of approximately $5.7 billion. The transaction consideration represents a 34% premium over Protective's unaffected closing stock price of $52.30 on May 30, 2014.

Dai-ichi Life, founded in 1902 and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the top 20 global life insurers and operates throughout Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Thailand. Protective, whose primary subsidiary, Protective Life Insurance Company, was founded in 1907, is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama and offers a diverse portfolio of personalized products and services to meet the unique life insurance, retirement income and asset protection needs of individuals and families throughout the United States.

This strategic transaction will create the 13 th largest global insurer, with total assets of $424 billion. Protective will become Dai-ichi Life’s platform for growth in the United States, where Dai-ichi Life does not currently have a material operational presence. No significant changes to Protective’s current strategy, day-to-day operations, distribution channels or employee base are anticipated as a result of the transaction, and Protective's President and Chief Executive Officer John D. Johns and the current management team will continue to lead the business from Protective's current headquarters.

"We are pleased to be entering the U.S. life insurance market by bringing such an outstanding company as Protective into our portfolio. With a strong leadership team, vibrant and growing retail franchise and long track record of profitable growth organically and through the acquisition and integration of attractive businesses, Protective is the ideal platform for expansion,” said Koichiro Watanabe, President of Dai-ichi Life. “Our companies are an excellent strategic fit and share similar missions and values. We look forward to working with Protective's management and employees, who will play an integral part in the long-term, continued success of the combined company, to grow our business and build on Protective’s commitments to its customers, distributors and the communities in which it operates throughout the U.S."

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